Put the Holla Back in Holland

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Steve Laschever’s amazing photos, from our August trip, of Amsterdam’s sea of cycles. Note the0438_august 8 holland 0437_august 8 holland0441_august 8 holland 0442_august 8 holland 0447_august 8 holland 0460_august 9 holland 0461_august 9 holland 0462_august 9 hollandslightly zombified stares.0487_august 10 holland 0488_august 10 holland 0489_august 10 holland



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18 thoughts on “Put the Holla Back in Holland

  1. Peter VE

    The riders are intent, (except for the ones on the cell phones). The passengers (children and dogs) are looking around in wonder.

    1. peter brush

      A very good observation I’d not made.
      It is wonderful to see such a flock of democratic socialists apparently unaware of, or immune to, right- thinking on skull health. My guess is that although the folks in the northwestern eurozone are clearly dedicated to progress, open-ness, equality… they don’t yet have a enough concerned attorneys. It is often taken for granted here , but our courageous plaintiff’s bar deserves recognition.

  2. peter brush

    My guess
    But, judging from the lack of a euro-anti-smoking furor, there must be some other reason besides a weak slip-and-fall-attorney movement that there is more freedom not only in Holland, but even in the home of Bismarck and Honecker, than in NYC.
    Jackson’s antipathy for the creeping nanny state in his native England and his longtime home of New York City led him to write a meticulously researched essay called “Smoking, Lies and The Nanny State.” It also led him to finally flee New York and London, setting up residence in Berlin because there he at least feels like he is relatively “free” and “treated like an adult.” http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2011/11/10/Post-Punk-Icon-Joe-Jackson-on-the-Nanny-State–Smoking-Bans–and-His-Next-Musical-Adventure

  3. Cynical Susan

    I wasn’t thinking about helmets being symbolic of anything other than safety. A few years ago I fell backwards off my bike and as I was falling, I thought Oh *$%@#$@, this is going to hurt. But no, even after my helmeted head hit the ground, there was no pain, and no apparent concussion. And I’m gathering that in Colin’s crash several days ago, his face wasn’t damaged when his helmet’s visor was. My sister was thrown from a horse last month, and HER helmeted head hit the ground too, with no apparent damage. It just makes sense, to me.

    As far as the nanny state and your smoke: why should I have to breathe it?

    1. Mr Bill

      It’s been said that more people died fallin off their horses in the o,d West than they did in gun fights. I’m surprised the NRA never used that one in their pea-brain propaganda announcements.

      For example, my services being rendered for the NRA for a steep fee, of course:

      “The Gun Won the West: Falling off the Horse Met Greater Danger Than a Few Stray Bullets”

  4. peter brush

    why should I have to breathe it?
    For the common good, the general welfare, and a more perfect union. We should, perhaps, view second-hand smoke the way we understand Obamacare. It’s “access” to something good not an imposition of something we don’t want.
    I share your surprise at the widespread disregard of common sense by the cycling Dutch. But, I’m also pleasantly surprised to see that in such a famous welfare state the totalitarian urge has not yet manifested itself in helmet legislation with police enforcement. Heck, judging by one photo, the Netherlanders are even allowed by their benevolent government to disregard biking’s hazarding of canine cranial integrity.
    Query if we here are more confused than other civilized countries in simultaneously embracing an anything-goes culture and a fascist government geared to an hysterical public health movement.

    1. Cynical Susan

      “why should I have to breathe it?
      For the common good, the general welfare, and a more perfect union.”

      Yeah yeah yeah. Tell that to my father who smoked. Oh wait, you can’t, he died at 48 because of that smoking. Oh well — at least he was free to smoke where he wanted back in the mid-20th-century.

    2. Mr Bill

      Well Mr Bush or Brush… Whatever…

      Did you know that in Holland, it is against the law to open a driver’s side car door with your left hand? The reason being that using your right hand forces you to watch for any bikes coming down the cobblestone lane.

      Go ahead, Mr Brush, research it. I know you will.

      So much for anti totalitarianism, ay?

      We need a law that prevents one from using anything on their right side. You may call it the Regressive Prevention Act. Ya, baby…

      1. peter brush

        Well Mr Bush or Brush… Whatever…
        You’re right, Guillermo. There is a thing against improper car-door opening in the Netherlands. It appears, though, that it’s more of a recommendation than a legal mandate; kinda how buying health insurance used to be here en los estados unidos.
        It does suck to be “doored.” Also, don’t let the cars bully you into sewer grates or off the road altogether. You have to assert yourself in traffic. Worse than being doored, however, is what happened to me on Sigourney Street circa 1985. The bitch pulled a u-turn (!) in front of my gray Univega (before Rodney over on Cone Street stole it right out of my basement). Same thing happened to me back in the winter of 74-75 on Huntington Ave, in Jamaica Plain.
        Call Saul.
        Brendan Kevenides, a personal injury lawyer in Chicago who exclusively handles bicycle-related accidents, said that a large majority of his cases involve “dooring,” the all-too-common event in which a parked driver flings opens a door, creating a sudden obstacle for an oncoming cyclist. Incidents like these, along with drivers’ failure to give bikers the right of way, account for nearly half of all bicycle-vehicle accidents.http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/06/13/bike-sharing-can-mean-safer-biking/

        1. Mr Bill

          I don’t need to worry about road or off road. My bike was stolen last week. It is shared fault between me and my cat sitter who I left instructions to lock the exterior front door. But I absentmindedly forgot to bring the bike in as I went on a 5 day business trip. So now I will put word out on the street offering a reward at the same time being well prepared to take possession of it if I find my bike being ridden by either the thief of he who has purchased It. I will not care either way.

        2. Mr Bill

          Peter, I forgot to mention that I am not the best rider for the street anyway. I usually ride on the opposite side and yes, I get a lot of flack from other bikers but in Hartford, there are too many idiots (here, I am bring kind with my words). But for all intents and purposes, I have given up street riding even when I have a bike to ride.

          1. peter brush

            I usually ride on the opposite side …
            Why doesn’t that surprise me? But, what? Is it better to collide with the outside of the car door than the inside?
            Sorry to here that some creep stole your bike. One might think the market for used bikes would go soft with all the stolen ones around. I’ve lost three.

          2. Mr Bill

            Thanks and I looked. I’m not in any rush to buy. I’ll just run for now. It is more strenuous anyway. As for getting hit by the outside, not really. If a car is coming toward me, I have a moment to get out of the way. At one time, I actually thought riding against traffic was the law. It still makes sense to me.

            Some of us ride against the tide.

  5. peter brush

    Those were dark days, but we’re certainly making progress; less freedom and more measurable health benefits and longevity provided by our politicians.
    But, as MLKing predicted, we have more work to do ( and will have in perpetuity). People still are subject to risk here on planet Nutmeg. There is still pain and suffering. What are the odds that, as devouring time blunts biker bums, the do-gooders will insist that helmets are not enough, but an outright bike ban is needed. Unsafe at any speed. Perhaps an outright ban will not be necessary; just regulate bike riding out of Obamacare coverage.

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